It doesn't matter if you're descended from Irish ancestors or not - almost everyone in Boston turns out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. And, with a convenient location where South Boston, South End and Seaport meet, PORT45 is just minutes from some of the most popular annual events.
Read on for some of the neighborhood’s top St. Patrick’s Day events and specials.
St. Patrick's Day 5K Race
This race was first launched in 1940 and has become a favorite local St. Patty's Day tradition. You can register to run yourself, or join the crowds who will be cheering on their favorites. This year, the race is scheduled for March 19 at 11:00 a.m. and kicks off from the South Boston Boys and Girls Club on West 6th Street.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
This year, the 3.2-mile parade route starts at the Broadway MBTA Station on West Broadway, which is just a few blocks away from PORT45! The parade will start at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade is Boston's biggest parade of the year, with thousands of marchers participating, and typically close to 1 million spectators watching. You'll see elaborate floats, pipe and drum bands, and marchers from the Boston Police, U.S. Armed Forces, veteran groups, local schools and more.
Celebrating the Irish in All of Us
The city of Boston, and South Boston in particular, goes all out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Every pub and restaurant will be celebrating throughout the weekend with Irish music, dancing and tasty comfort food.
For some local celebrations, be sure to visit Barlow’s for a warm and contemporary setting complemented by such comfort food favorites as craft pizza and homemade burgers. Kick-off your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on Friday evening when Barlow’s will host Irish Step Dancing and free raffles throughout the night.
Neighborhood favorite Stephi’s in Southie will feature traditional fare throughout the weekend with corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Irish breakfast. Couple these dishes with specialty cocktails like the Erin Go Bragh, Blarney Marys and Irish coffee.
There are a number of ways to celebrate our city’s rich Irish history. And, lucky for us, some of the best ways to enjoy the day are right in the neighborhood!
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